St. Martin’s wine 2023: Winemakers have good news, the price will please them


This year’s unpredictable weather also affected the harvest and the quality of the wine. Extremely high temperatures slowed down the growth of grapes, part of the harvest was damaged by the August rains. Nevertheless, no one has to worry about the low quality and high prices of this year’s St. Martin’s wines.

“The main advantage of this year’s St. Martin’s wines is their fruitiness, freshness, lightness, pleasant aroma and lower alcohol content. In addition, according to our information, most wineries have practically not changed the prices of St. Martin’s wines for several years,” says Ondřej Beránek, president of the Winery Union.

You can taste this year’s St. Martin’s wine for the first time on November 11, preferably at 11:11 a.m….

Why reach for it?

Svatomartinské is the first wine from this year’s harvest and is becoming more and more popular. If you are hesitating whether it is worth tasting, we offer 6 reasons why it is.

Mild taste

St. Martin’s wines are always delicate, light and fresh. Winemakers describe them as easy to drink. They are always “dry”, so nothing for lovers of sweet wines.

Guaranteed quality

In order for a wine to boast the designation of St. Martin’s, it must pass the assessment of professional tasters. This year, they approved a total of 326 wines from 76 winemakers and wine companies. A total of 2.78 million bottles are headed for the market

Interesting price

Even though the prices of everything are going up, St. Martin’s wine is still being sold at last year’s prices, according to winemakers.

Varieties are given

St. Martin’s wines can be white, rose or red. But it must only be wine from Czech or Moravian vineyards, and in addition specific varieties that ripen earlier, so winemakers can make quality wines from them in time.

WHITE: Müller Thurgau, Veltlín red early, Moravian Muscat.

RED: Blue Portugal and St. Lawrence.

PINK, CLARET: Blue Portugal, Zweigeltrebe and St. Lawrence.

Easily recognizable

You can easily recognize the true St. Martin’s. It is marked with the logo of St. Martin on a horse both on the label and on the capsule or screw cap on the neck of the bottle.

You can drink until spring

The main season of St. Martin’s wines is from November to Christmas. But they retain the natural freshness of young wine until spring, so you can drink it as long as you like

Serve cold

You should store Saint Martin’s wine in the dark at a temperature below 18 degrees Celsius. White and rose wines should be served chilled to a temperature of 5-7 degrees Celsius, red at 10-12 degrees.

St. Martin's goose is becoming a rarity. Czechs preferred ducks.

Go celebrate

You don’t have to drink St. Martin’s on your own. Since the day of St. Martina falls on a Saturday this year, there is a varied offer of feasts and celebrations across the entire republic. The largest of them is traditionally in Brno on Freedom Square.

But you can also visit the celebrations in Prague on the naplavka, Č. Krumlov, Ml. Boleslav, Třebon, Kutná Hora, Ústí n. L., Karlštejn. Tips on where to go can be found at or

Martin's rolls according to Petra Burianová.

How did the tradition of St. Martin’s Goose originate? Videohub

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